Education nowadays is not limited to the walls of a classroom and a whiteboard, but it has expanded to the fingertips of the people all because of the advancement in the technology. The companies are widely using the technology of online test proctoring to assess the skills and abilities of the candidates who have applied for a particular job. This has helped them a lot to hire the right people for the right job. Many of the educational institutes also use this technology so that all the process can be streamlined very easily and is highly efficient.
Following are some of the reasons by various organizations and companies should go with online exam proctoring:
Number one: It will provide full security to the paper: the online examination will have to provide a high level of security and flexibility in the whole process. Once the questions are uploaded in the system, they can be shuffled very easily so that they can be sent to different students at the same time which will minimize the chances of cheating. Whereas on the other hand such a process is not possible in the physical examination and every student gets the printed papers which can lead to various malpractices. Even there is no possibility of getting the paper leaked in the system of online exam proctoring.
Number two: will lead to quicker processing of results: by taking an online exam the results will be calculated accurately and instantly as soon as one clicks the submit button. On the other hand, in the physical-based examination, there are a lot of steps in the whole process. The whole process of evaluation of exams takes a lot of time and is prone to human errors.
Number three: it will help the people to get rid of examination centers: the examinations can be conducted at any time and from anywhere as per the convenience of the candidate. The surveillance of the exam is done through web cameras and this method is called remote proctoring. Many students can appear in such an exam without spending money on accommodation and travelling. This will also help to solve the problem of scheduling of exams and hiring of teachers who will be conducting exams.
Number four: to reduce the costs of logistics: By conducting the online exam the logistics cost will be least as the whole process will be managed using the most advanced technology. This is highly beneficial when the candidates are located at different locations and the processing of results also helps to reduce the cost of logistics. Now there is no need to deliver the question papers and answer sheets within some specific timeframes and even there is no need to collect them back after the exam has been done. There is a central cloud-based location for all the processing in the online examination.
Number five: this system is highly compatible in case of subjective exams: A lot of organizations and companies conduct the online exam of subjects in which the candidates need to write only the answers in the English language. There are some of the limitations in such a case in online exams as one cannot draw the diagram or symbols in case they are required to explain the answer well. This is the only merit of physical basedexaminations that one can draw the things as per own convenience.
Number six: it has led to reduce the cost of examination: because of the flexibility of online examination systems, the cost of examination per candidate has been significantly reduced. In the case of physical-based examination is the cost per candidate is still very high which is near about Rs.300 per candidate. Hence, the online exams are highly affordable and convenient from candidate’s point of view.
Number seven: it can facilitate remote supervision: the online exam can be managed in the surveillance mode in which the cameras will be installed and it will help to take screenshots of the student sitting for the exam and can act as an invigilator which helps to reduce the cost of human resource in such cases. In the case of physical examinations, there is requirement of teachers and invigilators who are designated to conduct the examination smoothly for a set of number of students.
Number eight: helps in easy generation of question papers: The process to design a question paper in case of online examination is very easy in comparison to the physical-based paper. This has also reduced the risk of leakage of papers which is highly possible in the physical-based exam. There are several logistic related activities involved the physical examination like designing the paper, printing the paper, distributing the paper and many more and the system is highly prone to leakage of exam.
Number nine: helps to provide a high level of flexibility in the management of exams: the online exam helps to give a high level of flexibility to design the exam papers, their evaluation and their grading. But in the case of paper-based exam last-minute changes or corrections are never possible and there is the least level of flexibility involved.
Number ten: the process of ranking and results has been made easy. The analysis of results is very much instant in the online examination and can be done in a detailed manner along with topic wise analysis of the syllabus. This is very helpful in short-listing the candidates and make informed decisions. In the case of the traditional exam, the processing of result is a very tedious task and takes a lot of time. A lot of examiners are involved in the compilation of the result which makes the whole process more prone to errors as all the activities are performed by humans.
Usually, people have a lot of myths associated with the online test proctoring but still, there are companies and institutions which are highly in favor of such exams because of the benefits which they can provide and they are considered better in all terms in comparison to the physical-based exam.